In January 2014, the California GOP made a calculated decision to target trans students in a ballot measure to overturn new protections for California’s transgender students.
The California Referendum on AB 1266, Transgender Student Participation Based on Gender Identity (2014) did not make it to the ballot but that didn’t stop the GOP from scapegoating trans people to win votes in the 2016 election.
The RNC made a strategic decision to start a new culture war over the rights
and humanity of an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans.
The result is Trump’s ban on trans people in the military.
This cynical intrusion of the lives of innocent Americans is already
But to start by using the children of California is repugnant.
If you agree with me, please call your GOP reps and tell them to stop toying
with the lives of innocent people.
Tell them you want policies, not scapegoats!
(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved
Congressional Switchboard Graphic found on Twitter.
I was a project kid, pretty but hard to make.
Most of the men I let into my life started in pursuit but stayed as teachers.
I was bright and gave my full attention to any man who was willing to teach me about the world of art.
The music I knew was the music of my parents and the other kids in the projects.
From the other kids in the projects I got Motown.
With the music of Motown I learned I could dance and for me dancing is still spiritual.
Everyone said I moved like a black kid, and it was true.
Black folks were my friends and neighbors.
As far as I was concerned I was a Black kid with pale skin.
I figured that Blackness was as much about class as it is about race.
My friend Paul knew I knew my ‘place’ in Charleston’s antiquated class system and that I wanted out.
He invited me to lunch one especially bright spring day.
He poured tea and showed me a decorative plate that was inlaid with hundreds of shimmering butterfly wings.
Paul liked exquisite objects.
We stepped onto the patio that overlooked his garden and I brought a branch of wisteria to my nose.
Paul said that he wanted me to hear a record.
He said he wanted my opinion.
Then he placed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Minor on the turntable.
I heard the needle drop, and then a timpani followed by woodwinds.
I listened as Beethoven told me a story.
I had never heard a story more complex and profound.
It was more beautiful than anything I had ever seen or touched.
And I never stopped listening….
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
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There are worse delusions than me out there.
I don’t incite armed racists to kill innocent people to distract the press from crimes I would never commit.
I don’t think blowing up the world is better than letting people who are different from me live their lives.
At my worst I wouldn’t vote to starve children.
Plus, I’m fun
I hope you enjoy this fun little cover of ‘Blackbird’ as much as I do.
It’s remixed with Garageband and text-to-speech vocals
It cracks me up.